Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced during their panel at the virtual Anime Lockdown convention that they will release a “Gundam Build Fighters Special Build” anime collection on Blu-ray Disc on August 4, 2020. The companies also announced that their Blu-ray Disc release of Galaxy Angel AA and Galaxy Angel S will also ship on August 4, 2020. Both releases are available to pre-order now on Right Stuf.
“Gundam Build Fighters Special Build” will include Gundam Build Fighters: GM’s Counterattack, Gundam Build Fighters Try Island Wars, and Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue.
Right Stuf will release Galaxy Angel AA and Galaxy Angel S under the title Galaxy Angel AA + S.
FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the following anime from Nozomi Entertainment on February 18, 2020:
- Astro Boy (1963)
- Kimba the White Lion (1965)
- Princess Knight
- Revolutionary Girl Utena
- The Adolescence of Utena anime film
- Martian Successor Nadesico
- Martian Successor Nadesico: Prince of Darkness anime film
The anime will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and Princess Knight will stream in English. The other anime will stream in English and in Japanese with English subtitles.
Right Stuf has announced that it and Nozomi Entertainment will release the Mai Mai Miracle anime film on Blu-ray Disc on December 3, 2019. The release will include Japanese and English audio tracks with English subtitles. The release will include the film’s original Japanese trailer and a “Dubbing Mai Mai Miracle” interview with Michael Sinterniklaas.
Anime Limited will also release the film in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2019.
Mai Mai Miracle opened in Japan in 2009 and premiered in the United States in 2010. The film won the Audience Award for the Best Animated Feature for adults at Belgium’s Brussels Animation Film Festival, Best Animated Feature Film at Montreal’s Fantasia Festival, and the Excellence Prize at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2010.
Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced at their Anime Expo panel that it has licensed the Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, A.D. Police, El Hazard – The Magnificent World, El Hazard 2 – The Magnificent World, and El Hazard: The Alternative World anime.
The companies will release Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei on Blu-ray Disc in 2020, and the release will be the anime’s first in North America. Nozomi Entertainment stated that it remains undetermined if the company will release all the seasons of the anime.
The other titles will also ship “soon” on Blu-ray Disc with both an English dub and subtitles.
FUNimation Entertainment announced at its Anime Expo panel that it has partnered with Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment. FUNimation will begin streaming the following titles on its FunimationNOW service (Funimation did not announce debut dates for the titles):
- Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Boogiepop Phantom
- Junjō Romantica
- Yakitate!! Japan
- Sweet Blue Flowers
Nozomi Entertainment has announced at its and Right Stuf’s panel at Anime Central that it will release the Gravitation Complete Blu-ray Collection on September 3, 2019.
The release will include English and Japanese audio and English subtitles, and will include the 13-episode television anime and the two-episode Gravitation: Lyrics of Love OVA. Bonuses include a clean opening and ending, sneak previews, Nozomi trailers, and a clean version of the episode 1 ending.
Right Stuf previously released Gravitation on DVD in 2004, and then again in a set in 2006 and 2010. The 13-episode series originally aired in 2000, and the OVA shipped in 1999.
Nozomi Entertainment has announced that its license for the Space Adventure Cobra television anime is expiring and the DVDs are going out of print. The series will continue to stream on Nozomi Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Crunchyroll until August 31, 2018.
Nozomi Entertainment announced the license in 2013 and released the series on two DVD sets in 2014.
The 31-episode anime from 1982 is based on Buichi Terasawa’s manga about a space pirate and his female android partner.
Anime Expo is taking place in Los Angeles this weekend, which means there will be plenty of anime and manga announcements at industry panels. I will be gathering up all of the announcements in this post, so please keep an eye here for updates.
Aniplex of America
- Aniplex of America announced that it will screen the anime film of Yoru Sumino’s I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel in theaters in the United States. However, the company did not reveal the opening date for the film.
- The company also announced that it will screen Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel anime film trilogy, in theaters in the United States in 2019. It was also announced that the company will release Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower, the first film, on Blu-ray Disc on November 20, 2018.
- Crunchyroll announced that it will simulcast the Music Girls anime in Summer 2018, and the RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time, Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and Radiant anime in Fall 2018.
- The company also announced that it will debut of the first episode of The Rising of The Shield Hero anime at the Crunchyroll Expo event, which will be taking place September 1-3, 2018. Crunchyroll will also host guests for the event.
- Crunchyroll announced that it will release the Planet With, Holmes of Kyoto, and Crossing Time manga to its digital manga platform. Planet With and Holmes of Kyoto will premiere on the platform on July 10, 2018, and simultaneous publication with Japan will begin on July 29, 2018. Crossing Time will premiere on the platform on July 10, 2018, and new chapters will launch every week.
Dark Horse Comics
- Dark Horse Comics announced that it has licensed Lynn Okamoto’s Elfen Lied manga. The company will release the 12-volume series in four omnibus volumes, the first of which is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2019.
Eleven Arts Anime Studio
- Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced that it will have theatrical screenings of Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s Liz and the Blue Bird anime film, as well as Wit Studio’s Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden anime film trilogy. It was also announced that it will open the Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 film in theaters in Winter 2019.
- FUNimation has announced that it has licensed Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions’ SSSS.Gridman anime series and will premiere it on its FunimationNow streaming service in Fall 2018. It will have an English dub.
- The company also announced that it will continue its stream of Tokyo Ghoul:re with the second season in October 2018.
- FUNimation announced that its home video releases of Pop Team Epic and Dragon Ball Super Part 5 are scheduled for October 2018.
- The company announced that the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- prequel film, Free! -Take Your Marks- film, and Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna and Free! -Timeless Medley- Yakusoku compilation films are scheduled to be released on home video in October 2018. A special box collection will also bundle all four films in an exclusive box.
- FUNimation will release the four-episode finale arc for the ReLIFE anime on home video, as well as streaming on FunimationNow.
- The company will re-release Witch Hunter Robin on home video on October 23, 2018.
- The company will release Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and The Beast anime films in a box set.
- FUNimation announced that it has licensed the Zillion (Akai Kōdan Zillion) anime and plans to release the complete series in October 2018. The release will be English-subtitled.
Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics
- Kodansha Comics announced new manga licenses and print releases at a joint panel with Vertical Comics. Kodansha Comics will release the following series: The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days, Boarding School Juliet (in print), Love in Focus (Renzu-sō no Sankaku), Witch Hat Atelier (Tongari Bōshi no Atelier), Gleipnir, Quintessential Quintuplets (in print), Edens Zero (in print), Hiro Mashima’s Playground (Mashima-en), Fairy Tail: Lightning Gods, 10 Dance, Hitorijime My Hero, and Yuri Is My Job! (Watashi no Yuri wa Oshigoto Desu!).
- The companies also announced that the 35th anniversary Akira manga box set will be back in stock in September 2018.
- Netflix has announced that Sanrio and Fanworks’ Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko) anime will get a second season that will debut on Netflix in 2019.
Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment
- Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Right Stuf will release the Mobile Fighter G Gundam Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set during the 2018 holiday season, and will release the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set in 2019. The Gundam Seed release will include both English dubs.
- Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Nozomi Entertainment will release the Gravitation, Please Teacher!, and Please Twins! anime on Blu-ray Disc. The company also confirmed an “Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set” for its previously revealed Blu-ray Disc release of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor anime.
- Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Nozomi Entertainment has licensed the Galaxy Angel A, Galaxy Angel AA, and Galaxy Angel S anime, and will release those anime on Blu-ray Disc. The company also revealed that its release of Galaxy Angel Z will be available for pre-order starting on July 8, 2018, and will ship on October 2, 2018. The Galaxy Angel Z release will include all 19 episodes of the television series, a clean opening video, a clean ending video, a commercial collection, and a “Now I Get It!” Galaxy Angel Lectures Featurette. Nozomi Entertainment’s Galaxy Angel Z release will include both English and Japanese audio.
- Section23’s Maiden Japan imprint announced that it has licensed the Human Crossing, Blue Gale Xabungle, Space Runaway Ideon, Armored Trooper Votoms, Hataraki Man, Basquash!, Yumeiro Pâtissière, and Maria Watches Over Us anime. Maiden Japan’s Maria Watches Over Us license includes all of the original video anime (OVAs), and the series will stream on HIDIVE prior to a Blu-ray Disc release. The panelists noted that there are talks for an English dub.
- Sentai Filmworks announced that it will release Tada Never Falls in Love, Real Girl, UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2, Takunomi., and My Girlfriend is Shobitch anime series and the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! – Take on Me anime film with English dubs.
- It was also announced that the company has licensed the second season of Real Girl.
- Sentai Filmworks also announced the main cast for the English dubs for the Made in Abyss and Scum’s Wish anime.
- The company announced that it has licensed the Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues (Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa) anime, and that it will stream an English dubcast on HIDIVE beginning in August 2018.
Seven Seas Entertainment
- Seven Seas Entertainment announced the following new manga licenses: Kiyoko Iwami’s Transparent Light Blue (Tōmei na Usui Mizuiro ni) yuri manga, Yasuhito Nogi’s A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Gaiden: Astral Buddy) spin-off manga, Ayami Kazama’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Elma’s Office Lady Diary (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon: Eruma no OL Nikki) spin-off manga, Muraji’s Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast! manga (Japanese title Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi: Wa ga Yobigoe ni Kotae yo, Kemono), Asumiko Nakamura’s Classmates manga (both Dōkyūsei and the two-volume Sotsugyōsei; spring/summer 2019), and Mine Yoshizaki’s Dragon Quest Monsters+ manga (scheduled for Winter 2019).
- Studio Trigger announced that it is launching a Patreon page. Patrons who pledge US$1 per month will have access to a high resolution .jpg file from Studio Trigger’s live drawing sessions. Those who pledge US$5 per month will have access to .psd, .ai, and clip studio files with the layers untouched from Trigger’s live drawing sessions. Once the studio hits US$1,500 per month, it will start streaming a live-drawing session with one of its animators/illustrators. The studio will use the initial earnings to prepare equipment for the live streams. As of this writing, the page has 1,121 patrons have pledges totaling US$3,643 per month.
- Sunrise President & CEO Yasuo Miyakawa announced that Sunrise is collaborating with Legendary Pictures on a live-action Gundam film.
- VIZ Media announced that it has licensed the Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection manga and the Megalobox anime. The license for Megalobox includes the exclusive theatrical, broadcast, and home media rights, as well as the non-exclusive streaming, merchandise, and consumer products rights.
- VIZ Media announced during its JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure panel that it has licensed both Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable manga, as well as the manga’s live-action film adaptation. The company also announced it has licensed the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind anime. The company revealed that Billy Kametz will voice the character Jōsuke Higashikata in the English dub of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable anime, which will premiere on Toonami on August 18, 2018.
Warner Bros. Anime
- Warner Bros. Anime announced that the first two episodes of Hi Score Girl will premiere in the United States at Otakon 2018, which will be held from August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event will host special guests for the screening.
- Yen Press announced the following new manga licenses: Kei Sanbe’s Yume de Mita: Anoko no Tame ni manga, author Memarei and artist Chabane Uchida’s Monster Wrestling manga, Okada Atsushi’s Nyankees manga, Suu Minazuki’s Plunderer manga, author Homura Kawamoto and artist Katsura Saiki’s Kakegurui Twins manga, and Tomiyaki Kagisora’s Happy Sugar Life manga.
- The company also announced that it will begin publishing print editions for Shut-In Shoutarou Kominami Takes on the World and The Witch’s House – The Diary of Ellen manga. Yen Press is already offering the series digitally.
Nozomi Entertainment has announced that its license for The Rose of Versailles anime is expiring. The series is streaming on Nozomi’s YouTube channel until June 15, 2018, and it will also stop streaming on Crunchyroll “soon.” The DVDs will no longer be printed.
The company announced its license for the 40-episode classic anime in 2012, and released two limited edition DVD sets in 2013. It later re-released the sets in litebox format in 2015.
Nozomi Entertainment has revealed that its license for the Maria Watches Over Us anime is expiring. The company is selling through its final stock of all four seasons for US$12 per season. The anime adapts Oyuki Konno’s light novel series.
Nozomi Entertainment originally licensed the seasons in 2008 and 2009. The company most recently rereleased the seasons in liteboxes from 2012-2013.